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Holiday GIVEAWAY!

posted November 16, 2017 by Moms in Tow (Kara)

Just in time for the holidays (or to just treat yourself!) Purchase a membership / gift membership today through December 14 (ends at midnight), and you will automatically be entered to

win $50.00 in West Coast Cash,

which can be used at dozens of local businesses. Use the certificates for all those other Chirstmas gifts (it will be in $10 denominations) or keep it all for yourself, because you kinda deserve it too.

+MIT MEMBERS! Check out the Moms in Tow member Facebook group for a discount code for YOU to purchase gift memberships for you friends PLUS a bonus giveaway just for you for doing so!

 

Check out this long list of accepting retailers!
8TH STREET GRILLE
APOTHECARY GIFT SHOP
BEECHWOOD DRY CLEANERS
BEECHWOOD INN
BETTY'S HALLMARK - HUDSONVILLE
BETTY'S HALLMARK - STANDALE
BIGGBY COFFEE-HOLLAND
BLU VERANDA
BOATWERKS RESTAURANT
BODHI TREE YOGA & WELLNESS STUDIO
BORR'S SHOES
BREDEWEG TAX & ACCOUNTING
BREWERS EDGE HOMEBREW SUPPLY
CAPTAIN SUNDAE
CAROLYN STICH STUDIO LLC
CARPE LATTE
CATERING CONCEPTS
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AUTOMOTIVE-HOLLAND
CITY DELICATESSEN
COBBLESTONE HOBBIES INC.
CRAZY HORSE STEAKHOUSE
CROWN CENTRAL
CROWN MOTORS II
CROWN MOTORS LIMITED
CRUST 54
CURRAGH IRISH PUB
DECADENT DOGS
DEVRIES PHOTOGRAPHY
DITTO UPSCALE RESALE
DON'S FLOWERS
EASTERN FLORAL
ECOBUNS
FUSTINIS OILS & VINEGARS
GATEWAY THRIFT STORE (HOLLAND RESCUE MISSION)
GAZELLE SPORTS
GLENDA'S LAKEWOOD FLOWERS
GLIKS BOUTIQUE
GLIKS MENS
GOODWILL IND.-E APPLE AVE, MUSKEGON
GOODWILL IND.-E LAKEWOOD BLVD, HOLLAND
GOODWILL IND.-RILEY ST, ZEELAND
GOODWILL IND.-S WASHINGTON, HOLLAND
GREAT LEGS WINERY BREWERY DISTILLERY
HARBOR WEAR
HAWORTH INN & CONFERENCE CENTER
HOME & COMPANY
HOPS AT 84 EAST
JACKIE'S PLACE
JAMES ST. INN RESTAURANT & CATERING
JOE2GO
JONKER'S INC.
JP'S COFFEE & ESPRESSO BAR
KILWIN'S CHOCOLATES OF HOLLAND
KNICKERBOCKER
KOZAKS OF HOLLAND
LAKEWOOD DRY CLEANERS
LEMONJELLO'S COFFEE
MAINSTREET BEANERY
MARIOS PIZZA
MENCHIES FROZEN YOGURT
MICHIGAN PANTRY
MICHIGAN WEST COAST CHAMBER
NEW HOLLAND BREWING CO.
OUR BREWING COMPANY
OUT OF THE BOX
PEACHWAVE FROZEN YOGURT
PICKET FENCE FLORAL & DESIGN
QCW - SOUTHTOWN
QCW- EASTTOWN
QCW- MUSKEGON
QCW- NORTHTOWN
QCW- WAVERLY
QUALITY CAR WASH
R.E. BARBER FORD
SALON CHEVEUX
SALT & PEPPER GRILL & PUB
SALUBRITY VIDA DAY SPA
SAUGATUCK BREWING CO.
SIGNATURE SURGICAL ARTS & MEDSPA
SIMIO HEALTH SERVICES
SIMPATICO COFFEE
SPECTATORS RESTAURANT
TEERMAN'S
THAI AVENUE
THAI PALACE RESTAURANT
THE 6EIGHT AT BETTER WAY IMPORTS
THE BRIDGE
THE FARMHOUSE
THE FITNESS STUDIO
THE KNICKERBOCKER
THOMAS A. DAVIS JEWELER
TIM HORTON'S- NT
TIM HORTON'S- WA
TIP TOES
TRIPELROOT
VELO CITY CYCLES
VILLAGE INN PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE
VISSER FARMS
WESTSIDE SERVICE
WILD CHEF JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE
WOODEN SHOE RESTAURANT
XTREME AUTO
ZEELAND DRY CLEANERS
ZEELAND LUMBER AND SUPPLY
ZOUP! HOLLAND
 

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New Discount Partner : SIMIO Health and Wellness

posted November 10, 2017 by Moms in Tow (Kara)

Adding another awesome discount partner for Moms in Tow members! 

SIMIO Health and Wellness is now offering 25% off movement class packages.

Check out their discount page for more details.

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2017 Greater Holland Trick or Treat List

posted October 23, 2017 by Moms in Tow (Kara)

Check out our local (greater Holland area) list of trick or treat and Halloween activities for kids for this last week of October!

(please email info@momsintow.com if you have an event to add!)

Check out regular public trick or treat times for your city here!

Wednesday, October 25

- Holland First Assembly of God Trunk or Treat (6-8pm Trunk or treat and giveaways. Hotdog, chips and a drink for only $2.00. 1331 E 13th Street, Holland)

- Calvary Baptist Trunk or Treat (6:15-8. Hot dogs, games, activities, trick or treating. 517 W 32nd Street, Holland)

Friday, October 27

- Van Raalte Farm Trick or Treat (5-7:30pm. Crafts, trails, games, treats, face painting, wagon rides, animals, $2/person. 1076 E 16th Street, Holland)

- Outdoor Discovery Center Treats & Trails (5-8pm. Wildlife, games, candy, $10/family. 4214 56th Street, Holland)

- Sheldon Woods Trunk or Treat (6-8pm. Treat bags, prizes, photo booth, candy, and more. 15050 Blair Street, West Olive)

- Waypoint Community Church Trick or Treat (6-8pm. Fun, games, candy, snacks. 3041 96th Ave, Zeeland)

- Tunnel of Terror Car Wash (8pm-midnight. $15. 243 N River Ave, Holland)

- Cappon House Halloween Haunt (6pm. Carving, games, tours, ghost stroies, candy, crafts: $10/person, kids 5/under free. 228 W 9th Street, Holland)

Saturday, October 28

- Run for your Life 5k (9am. $30, ostumes encouraged! 99 W. 26th Street, Holland)

- Downtown Holland Trick or Treat (10am-12pm. Look for the orange balloons at participating merchants)

- Monsters at the Holland Museum (10am-4pm. Trick or treating, flashlight tours, games, crafts. 31 W 10th Street, Holland) 

- Holland Town Center Trick or Treat (10am-1pm. 12330 James Street, Holland)

- Barnes and Nobles Storytime (11am. 3050 Beeline Road, Holland)

- HIgher Health Chiropractic Trunk or Treat (12-2pm. Trunk or treat, games, ghostbusters. 98 Douglas Ave, Holland)

- Paul's Pharmacy Trick or Treat Safari (12-4pm. Games, treats, snacks, prizes. 803 Lincoln Ave, Holland)

- Outdoor Discovery Center Treats & Trails (3-8pm. Wildlife, games, candy, $10/family. 4214 56th Street, Holland)

- Ottawa Reformed Church Trunk or Treat (3:30-5pm. Dr Seauss themed. 11390 Stanton Street, West Olive)

- Fennville Childrens Museum: Great Pumpkin Party (4-7pm. $10/family, Games, prizes, music, crafts, treats and a few tricks. 202 E Main Street, Fennville) 

- Chan's Martial Arts Trunk or Treat (5:30-7:30pm. 735 Paw Paw Drive, Holland)

Cappon House Halloween Haunt (6pm. Carving, games, tours, ghost stroies, candy, crafts: $10/person, kids 5/under free. 228 W 9th Street, Holland)

- Fall Fun at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds (6:30-8:30pm. Trick or treating, Cranes cider and donuts, music. 1286 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland)

Sunday, October 29

- Community Reformed Church Trunk or Treat (6-7pm. Outdoor trunk or treat (indoors if weather requires), coffee, candy, doughnuts, apple cider. 10376 Felch Street, Zeeland) 

- Family Trick or Treat Partty at BAM (12pm. Trick or treat, games and activities, see event for pricing. 478 E 16th Street, Holland)

- Ridge Point Community Church Truck or Treat (4:30-6:30. Big rigs, fire trucks, ambulances and other trucks, and candy. 340 104th Ave, Holland)

Monday, October 30

- Tot Monster Bash (3:45pm. Costume party,storytime, songs, giveaways, and more: limited space, signup required . Bodhi Tree Yoga Studio, 208 W 18th Street, Holland)

- Square Play Cafe Halloween Fun (4:30-6. Costumes, music, singing, craft, and regular playtime and drinks, usually play fee applies unless attended tot monster bash. 436 Washington Ave, Holland)

- Hallmark Living Trick or Treat (6:30-8pm. Refreshments, treats, activities. 493 32nd Street, Holland)

Tuesday, October 31

- Downtown Zeeland Trick or Treating (3-5pm. Balloon animals, music, candy, donuts, cider, treat bags)

- Maplewood Reformed Church Pumpkin Festival (5:30-7. Food, games, candy, cider, donuts, rock painting, and more. 133 E 34th Street, Holland)

- Noordeloos CRC Trick or Treat (5:30-7pm. Hot dogs, popcorn, and trick or treating. 4055 112th Ave, Holland)

- Superheros & Princess Trunk or Treat (6:30pm. Music, games, candy, prizes,and more . My Fathers House: 609 W 20th Street, Holland)

 

Check out regular public trick or treat times for your city here!

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Summer Family Bucket List (Of Greater Holland)

posted June 7, 2017 by Moms in Tow (Kara)

We are so ready for summer! Do you have plans for the summer? If you are like us, by the end of summer, we always remember things that we wish we had done as a family, but suddenly school is about to start and we don't have time!

So we created a list a list to print off, hang on the fridge / tape to your bathroom mirror, of a bunch of fun things to do this summer. Don't feel like you have to do them all, just keep it as way to help your foggy mom-brain with some ideas :)

(And don't be afraid to add your own ideas to this list too! In fact, we want to hear what other fun things other families could add to their list too!)

(right click and save image to print) Enjoy!

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Grocery Delivery : Pros and Cons

posted May 29, 2017 by Moms in Tow (Kara)

Recently, Shipt started grocery delivery at the Holland Meijer stores. And I have heard a lot of moms declaring their excitment or asking about it.

I, personally, started having Shipt deliver to my husband's office a few months ago (knowing that they would be coming to Holland this year) so in case you are wondering if Shipt is for you, I thought I would share my thoughts on it as a mom  :)

 

It definitely is convenient. I build up my grocery list as I think of them, right on the app from my phone. I have been able to get a variety of products. From body wash to dog food to apples to ground beef. Sometimes, I have not been able to find the exact item I know that they have in the store, so there is an option to add a special request (at which point I just go to meijer's website, find the product, and just copy/paste). I havent really tried to buy toys or seasonal items, for example, but that may be something you could try to add in the special request box.

You get to choose if you want the shopper to contact you for substitutions, use their best judgement, or just not substitue if something is unavailable. Just make sure you will be available for texts the hour before your delivery if you want them to contact you about substitutions. 

You can add notes for products. I was a little concerned I would get bruised/moldy strawberries, etc. but I usually always note on certain items to "only purchase if fresh" or something to that nature. For me, so far my fruit, etc has come in good shape.

If you have a hard time searching for a particular item, I have found that if you get either more/less specific, you might be able to find it easier. For example, use the name brand in the search if the exact item you want is not showing up/the results are too many.

You get to choose an hour window for delivery, but I feel like most of our deliverys have been on the earlier end, and the shopper usually lets you know when they are on their way. Something important to note is that a tip is somewhat expected. After delivery, you are sent a receipt and given the option to rate your delivery person and add a tip.  

 

Some of the pros:

- You can grocery shop any time! Like in your pajamas while you drink wine!

- No impulse buys. (when I go grocery shopping, especially with my kids, sometimes our bill is double what we really needed to get that day)

- Easier to budget. You get to see the total of your groceries as you add items to your cart. So if you want to stick to a certain amount, you have the convenience of removing items you may not really need. 

- Delivery, delivery, delivery. You don't have to wrangle kids in and out of the car and around the store. And, if availbable, can get delivery within up to an hour.

 

But some of the cons:

- You can not use Mperks.

- Shipt also charges a percentage higher per product (sometimes 15%) I have noticed some items were the same price, some were a little bit higher. They do have "sales" and if you are really careful and not picky, I think you get your cart close to regular store price. 

- You can't shop the sales. I am pretty sure sales like "10 for 10" sales at Meijer don't apply when shopping Shipt, since Shipt prices are their own, but I can't say that with 100% certainty.

- No booze. Sorry winos, but no alcohol delvivery. 

 

Overall, I feel like it is a great service. The only reasons it may not be a good fit for you are if you like to pick out your own produce/etc or if you like to get the absolute best deals. The convenience is great for your general grocery shopping.  I do find that I do stop in the store myself on occasion if I want to take the time to look at options in person myself, or are driving by the store without kids and all I need is coffee creamer. 

They also offer gift memberships! So just another option for a gift for a mom you may know! 

 

Right now, they are offering two weeks free and $15 off your first grocery order. So you can head over to shipt.com if you want to sign up and veryify that Shipt delivers to your zip code. 

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New Family Cafe in Holland

posted May 25, 2017 by Moms in Tow (Kara)

Did you know a new cafe, specifically for young families, opened in Holland this week?!

We went to check it out today, and our girls had a blast (because anytime you get to play with someone else's toys, is the best.day.ever)

The Square Play Cafe is located in the Washington Square, on the southside of Holland. 

And it was so cute! 

An important thing to note is that it is $3/child to stay and play (but free for 12 months and under)

There are some great quality toys, and while I was there, the workers were picking up to organize as often as they could. There was a room in the back that they would put strollers in for you.

The coffee I had was great! The beverage and snack choices aren't huge (when I was there: a couple cookies and muffins or applesauce/cheese sticks/yogurt) , but it covers the basics- just don't expect to get lunch. 

The prices were also very reasonable. We played and got snacks+drinks for all three of us for under $15. 

The only downfall I personally had was that there weren't very many tables for adults to sit at, and half of them aren't in easy view of the play area. But it really wasn't a big deal as enjoying a cup of coffee while your kids are happily playing : priceless. 

One of our girls favorite part was this bouncy tube (because I have no idea what else to call this, ha!)

And they didn't forget about the littles! There is a small baby area as well. 

Even though it was busy when we were first there, there were plenty of toys and activities for the kids (most people cleared out once it got close to lunch time, and I have a feeling the afternoon would be a little slower). It was a great atmosphere, and the staff was very friendly. We will definitely be returning! 

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Michigan Awesome Giveaway

posted May 2, 2017 by Moms in Tow (Kara)

We have TWO Michigan Awesome bundles to giveaway!

One to the general public and one only to Moms in Tow members! 

Each Prize Includes:

-One Michigan Awesome Mug

-One Michigan Awesome gift box (granola, dried cherries, blueberry preserves, and butter toffee peanut butter)

- TWO kid sherpa shirts (S,M,L,XL)

 

Click the link below to enter! :)

Michigan Awesome Bundle Giveaways

(but remember, you MUST have an active Moms in Tow membership to also qualify for the additional drawing)

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Tulip Time Fun for Families

posted May 2, 2017 by Moms in Tow (Kara)

It's May! That means that the tulips have arrived and Tulip Time is almost here!

Here is a list of some of the fun family-friendly activities to make sure to check out. (As much as we love it, you may want to save a visit to Nelis Dutch Village until after Tulip Time this summer to avoid the crowds!)​



Friday, May 5 - Sunday, May 14  : Carnival -  Located at the Civic Center, rides and fun for all ages

Saturday, May 6 - Sunday, May 14 (11-4) : Family Rest Area - A FREE place for families to relax downtown during Tulip Time! In the pocket park on 8th Street : free activities and snacks. Changing tables, nursing area, family restrooms and handwashing stations are also available. 

Saturday, May 6 (8am)  : Tulip Time Run -  Starting at Kollen Park, participate in the 5k/10k and the Kids 1k Fun Run! 

Saturday, May 6 (2pm)  : Vintage Baseball Game -  Take in this wonderful (FREE) vintage game of baseball, at Riverview Park in Holland.

Saturday, May 6 - Sunday, May 7 (11-5)  : Kinderplaats -  Kinderplaats is a FREE event where children and their families can learn and play together, while becoming immersed in Dutch culture, history and heritage through activities, games and crafts. 

Wednesday, May 10 (2pm)  : Volksparade + Streetscrubbing -  Experience bands, floats, and Dutch Dance groups as they “Klomp” along the route. Street scrubbing starts a 1:15pm. 

Thursday, May 11 (2pm)  : Kinderparade -  Featuring over 7,000 school children dressed in Dutch costumes.

Thursday, May 11 (3:30-6:30pm)  : Street Performers -  Enjoy the fun and excitement of street performers as you stroll down 8th St. after the parade

Saturday, May 14 (2pm)  : Muziekparade -  Concluding the Festival’s parade series is one of Michigan’s most spectacular parades featuring floats, Dutch Dancers, marching bands and more!

Saturday, May 14  : Fireworks  -  Celebrate the end of Tulip Time with a bang, at Kollen Park!

also check out the full schedule for:
Dutch Dance (and Kinder) Performances

 

If you are looking for tulip beds for pictures, check out "The Tulip" for some recommended options!

 

Also, make sure to check out some fun family-friendly crafts for Tulip Time!

  

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A Must Visit : Fennville Children’s Museum

posted April 11, 2017 by Moms in Tow (Kara)

We recently visited The Forever Curious Children's Museum in Fennville, and had a great time. (And Moms in Tow members get buy one get one free entry, so we love having a budget friendly activity!)

Most of the activities are all in one room, and there is SO much to do. And as a mom of two kids, it was nice to have so many activities in one room so it was easier to keep track of both kids!

 

 

 

 

 

We also loved seeing that there were healthy snacks and drinks to purchase! (as well as a few sweet treats)

There is a room in the back, next to the restroom, where you can bring in lunch to eat while you are there! 

We easily enjoyed quite a bit of time there. The museum does say that the ideal age is for children age 1-10. 

While also has some fun regular activities: "Moms & Tots" occurs every Thursday morning from 10-12, with coffee available for purchase. Special Saturday events include regular boxcar movies (where the kids make cars out of boxes and then watch a movie with popcorn) and other holiday/special activities. 

Summer Hours (April - August)
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am to 5pm  *The first Friday of each month, the museum is open until 8pm. 

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Greater Holland Area Easter Activities

posted April 4, 2017 by Moms in Tow (Kara)

(click on the title of each event to learn more info!)

Community Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8 at 10 AM - 12 PM

Personalize a bag to carry, egg hunt with live chicks and bunnies, face painting.

Bethany Christian Services
630 State St, Holland

 

Spring is Here & Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 11AM- 12PM

After a short hike led by a naturalist there will be a candy egg hunt. $4/child

Outdoor Discovery Center
4214 56th St, Holland

 

Indoor Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8 at 1 PM - 2 PM

Christ Our Savior Holland MI
3151 120th Ave, Holland

 

Colorfest

Saturday, April 8 from 1 PM - 3 PM

$5 : To dye your eggs and they clean up the mess!

Forever Curious Children's Museum
202 E Main St, Fennville

 

Visit the Easter Bunny

Saturday, April 08 & April 15 from 11am-1pm

Tip Toes
60 E 8th Street, Holland

 

Bunny Hop
Saturday, April 15 from 10AM - 12PM / 1PM-3PM

Children can take their time hunting for Easter eggs, playing outdoor games, and interacting with the Easter Bunny. Family-friendly tours of the Cappon House will also be available. Each child aged 12 and under will receive a goody bag of treats!

The Cappon House
31 E 10th Street, Holland

 

Beechwood Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 15 from 9AM- 12PM

Easter Egg Hunt is filled with fun children's activities, including Critter Barn farm animals, a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, Easter crafts and more! Activities begin at 9am. Egg hunt begins at 10am.

Beechwood Church
895 Ottawa Beach Rd., Holland

 

Dunton Park Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 15 from 10AM - 12PM

for ages 1-12

Howard B Dunton Park
290 Howard Ave  Holland

 

Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 15 from 11AM - 12:15PM

For ages 3- 5th grade. Easter story, a bit of yummy food, and an outdoor egg hunt.

Fellowship Reformed Church
2165 W. Lakewood Blvd., Holland

 

Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 15 from 11 AM - 12:30 PM

for children ages 2 - 5th grade

Holland First Assembly of God
1331 E 16th St, Holland

 

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 15 from 1PM-3PM

Critter Barn petting area starting at 12:00 p.m.
Open Swim starts at noon, then from 1-4 p.m. you can purchase food, play games, and win awesome prizes!
We will have two rounds of egg hunts at 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.

Holland Aquatic Center
550 Maple Ave, Holland, Michigan 49423

 

 

And if you are looking for activities to do at home, check out our Easter page on Pinterest full of kid friendly ideas!

   

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